The Coronavirus outbreak has taken the entire nation into its clutches, but the section of society who has been heavily affected by pandemic are the daily wage workers, migrant workers and the homeless. A special sitting was held at the Karnataka High Court where they referred to the email sent by the President of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Karnataka in reference to the lack of food security for the daily wage workers, migrant workers and the homeless during this period of lockdown.

Chairman of the Kerala State Legal Services Authority (KELSA) have received two letters from the AICCTU and the BBMP,who have expressed their concerns over the poor food security for the marginal sections of the society as well as lack of health facilities for the Pourakarmikas (Sanitation Workers).

In response to the abovementioned letters, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice BV Nagarathna, ordered the State Government to look into the grievances and thereby take appropriate measures. The High Court also announced that the three abovementioned matters will be heard on 30th March 2020, through video conferencing. Further, the bench also added that it would be open for the Advocate General, the Additional Advocate General, or the Government Advocate to be present in person.

The division bench also stated that, if possible, they would be looking into the issue of overcrowding of prisons on the same day itself.

Order: Karnataka HC order on food security